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20th Century American Literature

written by: Eve
 
This quiz focuses on famous American authors and literary works of the 20th century. Enjoy!

Question 1:


Which American author is popularly known as the chronicler of the Jazz Age - the period between World War I and World War II?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Steinbeck
John Dos Passos
Ernest Hemingway

Question 2:


Which novel by Ernest Hemingway was published in Great Britain under the title "Fiesta"?
A Farewell to Arms
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Death in the Afternoon
The Sun Also Rises

Question 3:


Which 1929 novel narrates the decline of the distinguished Southern family, the Compsons?
"Manhattan Transfer" by John Dos Passos
"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
"This Side of paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner

Question 4:


The 1961 publication of this sexually explicit novel led to an obscenity trial in the USA.
On the Road
A Spy in the House of Love
Naked Lunch
Tropic of Cancer

Question 5:


Which novel, set in the Great Depression of the 1930's, won the the Pulitzer Prize in 1940?
The Naked and the Death
The Grapes of Wrath
An American Tragedy
Tortilla Flat

Question 6:


Which of the following is not a character depicted by Joseph Heller in his anti-war novel "Catch-22"?
Chief White Halfoat
Major Major Major Major
Dunbar
"Papa" Monzano

Question 7:


Humbert Humbert is the protagonist and narrator of which 1955 novel?
The Awakening
Something Happened
In Cold Blood
Lolita

Question 8:


Which of these novels is not part of the popular "Rabbit" series written by John Updike?
Rabbit Is Rich
Rabbit, Run
Rabbit Redux
Rabbit in Love

Question 9:


Which author was not a reperesentative figure of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s?
Countee Cullen
Langston Hughes
ZoraNeale Hurston
Carl Sandburg

Question 10:


Who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel "Junkie", which gives an account of the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s?
Saul Bellow
Jack Kerouac
William S. Burroughs
Philip Roth

 


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